Beriev Be-6

The Beriev Be-6 was a flying boat produced by the Soviet Beriev OKB.

It was capable of accomplishing a wide variety of missions, such as long-range maritime reconnaissance, coastal and supply line patrols, torpedo/bombing strikes, mine-laying, and transport operations.

Variants

LL-143

Prototype of Be-6 with Shvetsov ASh-72 radial engines; nose, beam, ventral and tail positions for a total of six 12.7mm UBT machine guns.

Maiden Flight in March 1945.

Be-6

standard production aircraft with Shvetsov ASh-73 radial piston engines.

Qing-6

Be-6 aircraft of the ‘People’s Liberation Army Naval Air Force’ re-engined with WoJiang WJ-6 turboprops.

Specifications

Crew

8

Length

23.5 m (77 ft 1 in)

Wingspan

33 m (108 ft 3 in)

Height

7.64 m (25 ft 1 in)

Wing area

120 m2 (1,300 sq ft)

Airfoil

Root

NACA 23020

Tip

NACA 23010

Empty weight

18,827 kg (41,506 lb)

Gross weight

23,456 kg (51,712 lb)

Max take-off weight

29,000 kg (63,934 lb)

Maximum alighting weight

20,928 kg (46,138 lb)

Powerplant

2 × Shvetsov ASh-73TK 18 cylinder air cooled radial piston engines,

1,800 kW (2,400 hp) each

Propellers

4 bladed V-3BA-5 constant-speed propellers

Performance

Maximum speed

414 km/h (257 mph, 224 kn) at 1,800 m (5,906 ft)

377 km/h (234 mph; 204 kn) at sea level

Cruise speed

280 km/h (170 mph, 150 kn) at 2,000 m (6,562 ft)

Alighting speed

147 km/h (91 mph; 79 kn)

Range

4,800 km (3,000 mi, 2,600 nmi)

Service ceiling

6,100 m (20,000 ft)

Time to altitude

5,000 m (16,404 ft) in 20 minutes

Armament

Guns

5 × 23 mm (0.91 in) Nudelman – Rikhter NR-23 auto cannon in 3 remotely controlled turrets

Bombs

General ordnance

Or

2×1,000 kg (2,205 lb) torpedoes

Or

8 mines.

 

 

 

 

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